Character Strengths and Challenging Times
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” —Helen Keller
Virtues, according to the ancient Greeks, were behaviors that contributed to a better society. Modern positive psychologists typically view those traditional human virtues now as "Character Strengths". They are the building blocks of what make us happy, healthy, strong, positive, peaceful, powerful, and connected to others, and they enable us to contribute to our teams, to our organizations, to ourselves and to our greater good as a connected world.
With the study on Character strengths and the benefits at work and continuing to increase, executives, human resource professionals, and managers are now regularly weaving character strengths exercises to help their employees become more engaged, productive, and happy. The use of character strengths to improve the skills of leaders, teams, and entire organizations is emerging as a popular and successful avenue as well.
We've designed a weekly web meeting “The Virtues Program” as a way to ground ourselves in the best of ourselves so that we can face our world from strength.
Next week’s virtue discussion is on “Reliability”, the act of showing up and coming through as planned. We all strive to be reliable, but how do we cope with all of our competing priorities and show up and meet out many commitments?
You can join our weekly Webex discussions by RSVPing to the Virtues Program event here: https://www.sloangroupinternational.com/registration